Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Fruit Of The Spirit: PEACE (For Younger Kids)


Here is the next installment of my "Fruits of the Spirit" series for younger children! If you missed the other posts, follow the links on the "Index" page or click on the "Fruit of the Spirit" label in the right-hand sidebar.



Remember, you can copy and paste all of the letters on this blog to send to your children! They are free for you to use!

Dear (Name),
Hello my precious child! Greetings to you and your family in Jesus' Name!
Have you been enjoying my letters about the Fruits of the Holy Spirit? I have already written to you about LOVE and JOY. Today, I want to talk to you about the third Fruit of the Spirit, which is PEACE.
One of my favorite Bible verses about PEACE is in Psalm 4:8. It says, "In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me live in safety." It can be hard to sleep when you are afraid or worried, but knowing that God cares for us, gives us peace. And when we have peace in our minds that God sees us and cares for us, we can sleep well. Peace is the opposite of worry and fear. Peace is having a calm feeling in your heart, that everything is going to be okay. Jesus Himself said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Jesus says that He will give us peace if we ask.
In Romans 12:18 it says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” This means that not only can we have peace in our hearts and minds, but also that we should be peaceful towards other people. Here is an example of how you can be peaceful in a situation. Let's say you have an argument with one of your siblings, or with a friend. Maybe you want to yell at them. Instead, take a deep breathe of air to calm down first. Then, calmly and quietly, explain how you feel. This helps the other person to calm down and you can talk about things instead of fighting.
If you feel yourself getting really angry or upset or worried about something, it's good to go outside or find a place you can be alone for a while. Sit quietly and pray to God and ask Him to give you peace. After you take a few minutes to calm down, sometimes things don't seem as hard as they were at first.
I love you (Name), and I pray that God surrounds you and your family with peace! I am praying for you and I can't wait to get my next letter from you!
Love, your friend, (Your Name)

Along with this letter, I sent the Peace/Peach coloring page from Christian Preschool Printables.

I also included an illustrated image of John 14:27, which says, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, but as I give. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." You can find many beautiful illustrations using Google search, and you can choose the one you think your child would like best!

Have fun writing to your kids!


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Fruit Of The Spirit: JOY (For Younger Kids)


Here is the second installment of the "Fruit of the Spirit" series for our younger kids!



As always, please feel free to copy and paste this letter to send to your sponsored children, editing the parts in bold to suit you and your children's needs.

Dear (Name),
Hello my little Prince/Princess! Greetings to you and your family in the mighty Name of Jesus!
I have already talked to you about the first Fruit of the Spirit, which is love. Today, I want to talk to you about the second Fruit of the Spirit, which is JOY!
Many people think that joy is the same as being happy. But I think they are different. You can be happy when something good happens to you, for example if a friend invites you to play with them, or if you get to eat your favorite food. But when your friend goes home, or when your favorite meal is all gone, sometimes you might not be happy anymore. But JOY is knowing that Jesus cares for us, and that everything is going to be okay! And when we do something kind for someone else, we are joyful because we know that makes Jesus very happy! Happiness depends on us feeling good... JOY is about making someone else feel good!
When I was your age, (Name), my mother taught me this little song about how to spell the word JOY:

Jesus and Others and You
What a wonderful way to spell JOY!
Jesus and Others and You
In the life of each girl and each boy!
"J" is for JESUS for He has first place
"O" is for OTHERS you meet face-to-face
"Y" is for YOU, in whatever you do
Put yourself third and spell JOY!

There are lots of beautiful verses in the Bible about JOY! Here is one of my favorites! Philippians 4:4 says, "Always be full of Joy in the Lord. I will say it again: rejoice!"

God loves it when we show joy... the Bible also says in Psalm 98:4, "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth! Burst into joyful songs with music!" I love to show joy by dancing and singing!

I love you so much (Name)! I pray that God gives JOY to you and your family!
Love your friend, (Your Name)



I used piZap to design this cute "Joy!" poster! Feel free to experiment with other photo editing programs and apps.

I also included this Cherry/Joy coloring page from Christian Preschool Printables.

Have fun writing to your kids!

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Fruit Of The Spirit: LOVE (For Younger Kids)


I just realized that it's been a while since I updated my "Fruits of the Spirit" series! I'm almost to the end of the series and my kids have really been enjoying learning about the different Fruits of the Spirit.



If you missed the "Introduction to The Fruits of The Spirit" letter, you can find it HERE.

As always, please feel free to copy and paste this letter and send it to your sponsored children!

Dear (Name),
Hello my sweet child! Do you remember my last letter in which I told you about the Fruits of the Spirit? Are you working on memorizing all nine Fruits of the Spirit?
Today I want to talk to you about the first Fruit of the Spirit... LOVE! Think about someone who loves you very much. Your mother and father, your teachers at the Compassion center, your sponsor (your name)... how do you know they love you? It's because of what they do for you, isn't it? Your mother and father love you, so they work hard to look after you and (siblings). When you were a baby they carried you in their arms and made sure you were fed and washed. Your teachers at the Compassion center love you, so they teach you about God and teach you how to care for your body and how to be a better person. I love you, so I write you lots of letters to show you that you are special! Do you know who else loves you? Can you guess? It's Jesus! Jesus loves you so much that He did something for you too... He came down from heaven and died on a cross, to make sure you would be able to live in Heaven with Him someday! 1 John 4:12 says "No one has ever seen GOD;  but if we LOVE one another, GOD lives in us and his LOVE is made complete in us." This means that if we show love to people around us, we are doing what God wants us to do and other people will know God because of us! How can you show love to people? You can tell use your words to tell them that you love them. You can show your love to your parents by giving them a hug or holding their hand, and doing something nice for them like helping around the house without being asked. You can show love to your teachers at the Compassion center by helping them, and by doing something nice for them like draw them a picture or sing them a song. Is there a child that you know at school that doesn't have many friends, or gets teased a lot? Maybe you can show love to them by saying hello and inviting them to play with you, or listening when they want to talk. And we can also show our love to God! By showing love to others, we are also telling God that we love Him. Of course, you can also pray and tell God that you love Him and thank Him for loving you!
I LOVE you!!!



With this letter, I created a special handwriting worksheet for my "littles!" This of course is optional if you have older children that are already writing well. A to Z Teacher Stuff has an amazing Printable Handwriting Worksheet Creator that I used to make a worksheet with the words, "God is Love!"

I printed the worksheet using this adorable "LOVE" border from PageBorders.org!

Or, you can use this border with some funky "Heart Doodles" also from PageBorders.org!

You can even use this pretty "Love Letter" stationery from Print This Today!

I also included this sweet "Love" coloring page with a strawberry from Christian Preschool Printables.

I hope you enjoyed today's letter-writing idea.... have fun writing your kids! 


Responses From My Kids:

"I know that people love me by what they do for me. I show love to people by talking and playing with them." ~Gifty, 7, Uganda


Friday, May 17, 2019

Canadian Animals: The Busy Beaver (For All Ages)

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay 


What's your favorite animal? Have you told your sponsored kids about it? Maybe they've mentioned a favorite animal in their letters. I find that most of my kids have either a chicken or a goat as their favorite pet, although one of my kids loves cats (she has a cat at home) and another of my kids shared the good news with me that his dog had puppies!

Kids in North America love learning about animals like lions, elephants, and giraffes. But for some of our sponsored kids, those animals are quite common. My former sponsored child in Indonesia shared with me that although he loves the beach, he hadn't been able to go there for a while because there was a wild alligator on the loose! That's certainly not a problem we run into every day! (Unless of course you live in Florida!)

So, I decided to begin a series of letters on Canadian animals suitable for both my older and younger kids. First up, is a true symbol of Canadian pride: The Busy Beaver!

Dear (Name),
How are you doing? Today I want to tell you about a Canadian animal called a beaver. A beaver is a brown, furry animal that spends most of its time in the water. Beavers are slow on land, but in water they are very good swimmers and can spend 15 minutes underwater. Can you guess what a beavers' favorite food is? It's tree bark and sticks! That doesn't seem like it would taste very good, but to a beaver, it's a tasty snack. Beavers also eat some plants that grow underwater. God gave beavers two very special body parts to help them survive in nature. The first, is its huge teeth! Beaver teeth never stop growing, and a beaver has to chew wood constantly to stop its teeth from growing too big for its mouth! Beavers use their teeth to cut down huge trees and branches so they can build their houses. I am sending you a picture of a beaver chewing on a tree. You can see from the many tree stumps that it has been working for a long time! Beavers push trees into the water, where they float. Then the beaver can easily pull the trees and branches to where it wants to build its house. Have you ever seen a dam? A dam is a structure that is built to hold back water and make it deeper in one part. While some people go to university to learn how to build and design dams, beavers are born already knowing how! I am sending you a photo of a large dam made of sticks that was built by a beaver. Beavers feel safer in deep water, so they go into the deep part to build their houses made of wood.
The second special body part that God gave to beavers is their tail. A beaver's tail is very wide and flat. It uses its tail to help it swim. When a beaver feels unsafe, it raises its tail high into the air and brings it down hard on the surface of the water with a loud SLAP! This sound can be heard from far away and warns all the other beavers that there's danger! Then the beaver dives deep into the water to protect itself.
Beavers are the national animal of Canada. We also have a picture of a beaver on one of our Canadian coins. Beavers are very hard working and industrious little animals, which is why some people use the expression "As busy as a beaver". We can learn a lot about hard work and creativity just by learning about beavers. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:10, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Beavers are a good example of this. God designed them especially to cut down trees and build dams, so they work hard at it all day long! Whenever I see a beaver swimming in a lake, or notice a tree stump that was chewed by a beaver, I am reminded to work hard and faithfully at the tasks that God has given me! I hope you have enjoyed learning about beavers! I love you and I will write again soon!

There are lots of free-to-use photos of beavers and beaver dams online!

If you'd like to send a fun maze to your younger kids, The Gumboot Kids has a great Beaver Maze!

Super Coloring has a full lineup of Beaver Coloring Pages for your younger and older "busy beavers"! Super Coloring also has hundreds of other free beaver printables such as dot-to-dots, jigsaw puzzles, and even a beaver mask or two! Just type "Beaver" into the search bar!

I even found a fun "Beaver Crown" for the artsy kids who love putting together paper crafts!

Responses From my Kids:

"She is very thankful for the letter and the story of that Canadian animal called a beaver and its hard work. She says that she has seen a dam built of soil but not a very big one. From the story of a beaver, she says that she will be as busy as a beaver." ~Miriam, 7, Kenya

"I was happy for Beaver, it was my first time to see this animal." ~Basomingera, 15, Rwanda


Saturday, March 16, 2019

Andrew The Disciple: Leading People To Jesus (For Older Kids)

Recently, I wrote to my older teens about my favorite Disciple in the Bible: Andrew! The younger brother of the Apostle Peter, Andrew is often overlooked when talking about the more famous Disciples of Jesus. This letter was inspired by a daily devotion that I read some years ago highlighting Andrew's role among the 12 followers of Christ. I really enjoyed reading about Andrew, and my kids enjoyed learning about him as well! As always, please feel free to copy and paste this letter to your own kids!



Dear (Name),

Are you familiar with the 12 Disciples of Jesus? How many Disciples can you name from memory? Some of Jesus' followers are very well known... like Peter, who walked on water (Matthew 14:29), cut off a man's ear with his sword (John 18:10), and even denied knowing Jesus (Luke 22:54-62). Other well-known disciples include John, who wrote the Gospel of John; Matthew the Tax Collector, and of course, we know about Judas who betrayed the Lord. But there is one disciple that most people don't know much about, and it is Andrew, who was Peter's younger brother.
Andrew is my favorite disciple, because every time the Bible mentions Andrew, he is doing something to lead others to Jesus. Andrew was the very first man to follow Jesus, and he told his older brother Peter that Jesus was the Messiah, the Saviour. (John 1:35-42)
The second mention of Andrew is in John chapter 6, when Jesus feeds the five thousand. The disciples were asking Jesus, "How will we feed all these hungry people?" Jesus replied, "You feed them!" The disciples were amazed and said, "Where will we find enough food for everyone?" But it was Andrew who first told the Lord, "Look, there is a young boy here with five loaves of bread and two small fish." And as you may know, Jesus miraculously multiplied the bread and fish to feed 5,000 hungry people! But this story shows that while the other disciples were worrying about how to feed the crowds, Andrew was just making friends with a little boy. He showed compassion and love towards others, and Jesus was able to perform a miracle because of Andrew. Andrew was the youngest brother, and when he first began to follow Jesus, he was probably still a youth. I'm sure he often felt like he was standing in Peter's shadow. While Peter was famous, Andrew was quietly in the background, making friends with people. You can read another story about Andrew bringing some Greek men to Jesus in John 12: 20-22. I think it's important to be like Andrew; to be kind and compassionate, and most of all, to focus on bringing people to Jesus! You can bring people to Jesus by praying for them, by telling them about Jesus, and living your life so that your words and actions point people to Jesus. The picture I am including is a famous old painting of Jesus calling Peter and Andrew.
Who is your favorite Disciple and why?
I love you and I will write again soon!




I included a copy of this beautiful painting of Jesus as He called the fishermen. I was not able to find out who painted this, but if you do, it would be nice to include that information in your letter!


If you like, you can also include this great coloring page called Jesus Calls The First Disciples from SuperColoring.com! SuperColoring has a ton of great Christian and Bible themed coloring pages for both older and younger kids!

Responses From My Kids:

"You ask my favorite disciple and why... I like Peter because he accepted to live catching fish and went with Jesus to preach the Word of God." ~Shakira, 18, Rwanda

Saturday, February 16, 2019

65 Ways To Praise Your Sponsored Child (For All Ages)


Sometimes it can be so difficult to know how to praise, compliment, and encourage our sponsored children, particularly if we've never met them and/or feel like we are struggling to "know" them. Here are some ways to compliment, encourage, and lift up your sponsored child, even if we don't know them very well!

Photo copyright Compassion International

  1. I love you!
  2. You have such a nice smile!
  3. You are getting so tall!
  4. It's wonderful to see you growing up and looking healthy.
  5. I love your _____(item a child is wearing in their photo)
  6. You have very nice handwriting.
  7. You always write such interesting letters.
  8. You are such a faithful letter writer, even though I know you must be busy.
  9. I am so proud of you!
  10. Your letters are always so cheerful!
  11. Thank you for sharing that with me!
  12. You are such a smart boy/girl!
  13. You are really intelligent! 
    Photo Copyright Compassion International
  14. I am proud to see you working hard in school.
  15. I am proud of you for not giving up!
  16. You did it!
  17. I believe in you!
  18. You did your best.
  19. You are so brave!
  20. You are so kind!
  21. I am glad to hear about you being a good friend to _____ (friend that they have mentioned)
  22. You are such a big help to your family!
  23. Your parents (guardians) must be so glad that you are able to help them with _____ (chore they have mentioned)
  24. ______(child's siblings) must love having a brother/sister like you!
  25. You did such a wonderful job drawing this picture!
  26. You are a great artist!
  27. You are so creative!
  28. You have a lot of determination.
  29. You show a lot of persistence.
  30. You did a great job following directions!
  31. I'm so proud of the goals you have set!
  32. You're very talented.
  33. I'm so blessed to know you!
  34. You make my life brighter.
  35. You have a great sense of humor!
  36. You are beautiful/handsome.
  37. You are unique!
  38. There is nobody else in the world exactly like you.
  39. Your letters are so encouraging.
  40. You are such a special person. 
    Photo Copyright Compassion International
  41. Great teamwork!
  42. You are honest/truthful.
  43. You never give up.
  44. You have the potential to do great things.
  45. You are a great leader.
  46. You're so hopeful.
  47. You make me thankful that I'm a sponsor.
  48. You have shown a lot of improvement!
  49. I'm glad to hear that you tried something new!
  50. Thank you for your prayers.
  51. You're very responsible.
  52. Congratulations!
  53. You have a great imagination!
  54. I really look forward to your letters!
  55. It's great that you are learning new things!
  56. You're such a caring person.
  57. Thank you for taking the time to write!
  58. Thank you for taking the time to draw me a picture!  
    Photo Copyright Compassion International

  59. I learned something new from you.
  60. You are so passionate about ______
  61. You are important.
  62. You have a bright future!
  63. I appreciate you telling me about______
  64. You must have practiced really hard to be able to do that!
  65. I'd like to hear more about______

Hopefully this post gives you some ideas for complimenting your sponsored children through letters!

Monday, December 17, 2018

An Introduction To The Fruit Of The Spirit (For Younger Kids)



A little while ago, I got the idea to do a "Fruits of the Spirit" series with my younger children. I've had so much fun pulling together each short "lesson" and finding games and activities to go with them!



I want to give a special shoutout to Jill over at Compassion Family, who also did a Fruits of the Spirit series for her Compassion kids! I drew some inspiration from her posts, as well as from DLTK-Bible's lesson "The Fruit Of The Spirit".

As always, you may copy and paste this letter and edit the parts in bold to fit you and your child's needs.

Dear (Name),
Hello my dear friend Name! How are you doing with your family?
Today I want to talk to you about fruit. Do you like fruit? What is your favorite fruit? I like type of fruit best, although they do not grow in our area so we have to buy them at the store. Did you know that the Bible talks about fruit? The Bible talks about special fruits called the Fruit of the Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit is a very special fruit... it doesn't grow on trees, but in our hearts! Let me explain. The Bible says there are nine fruits of the Spirit. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. When we love God and learn a lot about Him, we will begin to love people, to be patient, to be kind, to be good, and so on. Just like big ripe fruits hanging from a tree for everyone to look at, everyone will see you acting in ways that please God. Just like a fruit tree that is healthy and well cared for will have a lot of yummy fruit on its branches, when we take care of our hearts and minds by praying and learning about Jesus, we will grow "fruit" like gentleness and joy. In my next letters, I will be writing more about each fruit of the Spirit and how we can "grow" it in our lives. If there is anything you don't understand about the Fruit of the Spirit, or if you want to know more about it, you can ask your pastor or one of the leaders at your Compassion center and they will be happy to explain it to you! For now, I have a big question for you... do you think you can memorize all nine of the Fruits of the Spirit? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control! It's a big job but you are a smart girl/boy and I know you can do it! I am sending you a colorful chart to help you remember the different Fruits. Ask a leader at the Compassion center, (maybe the person who is reading you this letter!) to read the names of each of the Fruits to you. Try to learn one new Fruit each day... that way it will be easy! I am also sending you a fun counting activity that I hope you enjoy! You can ask a leader at the Compassion center to help you write down how many of each kind of fruit you can count!
I love you so much (Name), and I look forward to telling you more about the Fruit of the Spirit!
Love, (Sponsor)

With this letter, I included the colorful "Fruits of the Spirit" poster from over at Christian Preschool Printables!

I also included a fun "I Spy: Fruit" printable from over at And Next Comes L

If you are hand-writing or typing your letter (as opposed to sending it online) you might enjoy using this VERY bright and cheerful Free Fruit Border from Page Borders

Have fun writing to your kids!


Responses From my Kids:

"I did not know the Bible talks about fruit but I was told from the project and my favorite fruit is oranges. I don't know the fruit of the Holy Spirit but my father will help me to memorize them. I liked the pictures of fruits but I only know bananas." ~Gifty, 7, Uganda

"There is different fruits manufactured in our country. Like Mango, Avocado, Orange, Lemon and the like. This all are grown in everyone's house." ~Kerubel, 17, Ethiopia